The decor is a lot like your favorite pair of jeans, and it just goes out of style. Once a popular fixture in the American home, wall-to-wall carpeting — intended to cover the entire floor with one or a few pieces of carpet — is ripe to replicate itself.
You may not remember her days, but not too long ago, wall-to-wall confrontations were all the rage. According to Stark ambassador Tim Sheridan, “wall-to-wall construction faded during the dot-com boom of the 1990s when Internet millionaires in basement apartments overshadowed the elite in overly ornate homes. The dotcom aesthetic was kept scrawny; no rugs, no accessories And no curtains, but centered on technology. That aesthetic remained when they moved from basement apartments to penthouses.” Just as Gen-Z loves the good ’90s moments, apparently, so do our homes.
As many of us shy away from the leaner look, “people crave comfort, now more than ever, with a need for versatile spaces that look great, make a statement, and function day in and day out,” according to The Rug Company’s CEO James Seuss. And apparently, wall-to-wall carpeting is not quite the daunting and complicated task that one had. The same reason it was outdated is now available: technology. James notes, “There are endless possibilities with today’s technology and a real opportunity for creativity, as well as durability with high-quality product design that stands the test of time.”
Before you run to the store and cover the floor with a wall-to-wall rug, there are a few things you might want to consider. Here’s what you need to know.
How much will it cost?
Wall to Wall isn’t just a comeback – it’s been resurfaced with all its amenities and price points to make sure it’s here to stay. “There are options in all price ranges,” Sheridan says. Some stores offer rugs for $2 per square foot, while luxury designer products can cost up to $200 per square foot. $10 to $20 per square foot.
Aside from being accessible at a range of price points, wall-to-wall carpeting is also loved for being a natural insulator. It keeps warm and cool air from escaping, absorbs sound, and provides a safe, soft surface in case of slips and falls—a useful consideration if you live with active youngsters or frail elderly.
Do you have to install it yourself?
Hiring a professional is “worth the extra cost,” Sheridan says, unless you know what you’re doing. Working with a professional means that your rug will be stretched properly, firmly attached to the surface to avoid a loose appearance, and ensured there are no exposed edges from measurement errors. A wall-to-wall rug installation is sure to make a statement, and professional installation means your investment is protected with a guarantee. So, while you may not be able to save on cost in the short term, you will in the long run.
Once you have made your decision, you will have no shortage of textures and styles to choose from. If you ask interior designer Kristen Kim, “Wool rugs are easy to clean and last longer. As long as you vacuum regularly and tend to spill quickly, a wool rug is easy to maintain.”
How do you take care of him
Whether you use wool or opt for more popular materials like nylon or polyester, once your rug is installed, it’s all about the care. You’ll want to vacuum your carpet at least once a week, and hire a professional to do a deep cleaning at least once a year. Warranties on wall-to-wall carpets range from five years to perpetuity, but it is important to note that the average period for a carpet replacement is about 10 years.
As we spend more time at home, we want our spaces to feel unique, from top to bottom and wall to wall. “After two tough years, people are reminded that life can be tough, but our homes should be a cocoon of comfort”—and wall-to-wall carpeting couldn’t agree more than that, Sheridan says.
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